Free holiday orchestra concert to bring holiday cheer

By Cuahutemoc Hernandez

A free holiday orchestra concert is being presented by the East Los Angeles College music department on Thursday, December 7. The ELAC symphony orchestra will be playing five different pieces, led by their conductor, Samvel Chilingarian.

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Symphony #7 – Allegretto,” a piece composed around 1811-1812. A piece that at the time was considered one of Beethoven’s best works. It was dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries, an Austrian banker and patron of the arts.

Robert W. Smith’s “The Isle of Calypso,” movement three, a part out of Smith’s four-part symphony “The Odyssey.” The whole piece itself contains 3 other parts and they are widely recognized for their imaginative percussive and wind-like effects. The 3rd movement describes Odysseus on a stranded island that belongs to Calypso. It contains many drums and water sounding-like instruments.

Klaus Badelt’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” where fans of the movies will be able to recognize the soundtrack. It contains many low brass and low strings. A horn is considered one of the defining characteristics of the score and the music was co-composed with composer Hans Zimmer’s help.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “A Mad Russian’s Christmas,” also known as the nutcracker will be performed as well.

They will perform “Radetzky March,” a song that became popular with marching soldiers.

Giovanni Verduzco and Eugene Lopez will be the  soloists for the night with Giovanni playing the electric guitar and Eugene playing the electric bass.

All students are welcome and are highly encouraged to attend. The music department has been practicing on this performance for a while now and the time to perform is finally here.

It will be taking place at the S2 recital hall here on our own campus on Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Free parking will be available and although the admission is free, any free will donations will be gladly accepted. The ELAC MUSE student club will be available with refreshments for sale. For any questions, please call 323.265.8894

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